Thursday, 1 December, 2022
TopicBalakot air strikes

Topic: Balakot air strikes

History lesson for Pakistan’s military: IAF’s Keelor brothers shot down PAF jets in 1965

Denzil, Trevor Keelor shot down Pakistan’s Sabre jets in 1965. They were honoured with Vir Chakra, first time two brothers received the award for the same reason.

Days after Trump-Imran meet, US approves deal to monitor 24×7 Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jets

Pentagon's decision on military sales worth $125 million will require the assignment of 60 contractor representatives to Pakistan for this purpose.

Indian forces back to peacetime alert after Balakot but forward bases with Pakistan active

India has not shifted aircraft from its forward bases as sought by Pakistan some days ago in order to open its airspace.

Pakistan’s changed behaviour post-Balakot isn’t permanent. But India can make it one

India’s aggressive diplomacy is paying higher dividends than direct military action against Pakistan.

Modi govt to crack whip on ‘corrupt’ IAS, IPS officers after forcibly retiring those in IRS

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

Pakistan propaganda on role of JF-17s post-Balakot now exposed by its own ex-air commodore

Pakistan had claimed that it was an ‘indigenous’ JF-17 that shot down IAF’s MiG-21 Bison, even putting out a video of one of the pilots.

Modi appoints Balakot strategist as new RAW chief, Kashmir-Maoist expert as IB head

Both are IPS officers of the 1984 batch — Samant Goel belongs to the Punjab cadre and Arvind Kumar to the Assam-Meghalaya cadre.

IAF’s Balakot strike was codenamed Operation Bandar, Army’s operation was named Zafran

Operation Bandar involved about 5,000 personnel, and culminated in 12 Mirage-2000 aircraft crossing the Line of Control and striking Balakot.

Suspended OSINT handles back on Twitter, trash claims they exposed IAF during Balakot

Justin Peden, a US-based student who runs @IntelCrab, said the way Twitter suspended the OSINT handles gave rise to suspicion about the use of a bot network.

Pakistan says it’s waiting for India’s official word to open up its airspace

A govt official in Lahore said that Pakistan will follow suit once the Indian govt lifts the air restriction on Pakistan's flights.

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A group picture of Supreme court judges at Supreme Court in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Ambedkar rejected collegium system, said CJI supremacy on judges’ appointment is dangerous

In May 1949, the Constituent Assembly debated the Collegium system, only to reject it thrice. Now the SC is assuming that role once again.
Representational image | Reuters

India’s economic growth at 6.3% for second quarter, slower than previous months

Government capital spending increased more than 40% during the quarter as it stepped up expenditure on roads to railways, according to official data on Wednesday.


A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.